Tour de France stage 12
  • Michael

    Good inside coverage thank you. Besides there being more fans,(moved down the mountain) it means more camper vans on the side of the road which squeezes the road and places to stand even more. Some sections looked like there was no place to stand on one side of the road which forces more fans into less areas. ASO blames UCI, UCI blames ASO and nothing ever gets done. The barriers in the final 500 m, looked fine and they were more exposed than in they started them lower down! Take the advertising boards down so they won’t catch the wind but keep people back. The road furniture is 1000 times worse than 20 years ago, the antics worse, the photo/moto worse, the VIP cars worse… I know they love the press attention but if you can’t control the photo bikes then there is no point in this digital age that you need all of them. The press isn’t going to point it out but their photographers are sometimes part of the problem. All of this is predictable, including the stupid, drunken human behavior. I think the patrons; Fabian, Sagan, Froome, Contador, Boonen, Manxman need to start protesting like the old days to get changes made for their safety, at the TDF and all races.

  • Legstrong

    No one talked about Quintana was towed by a Mavic moto.

    • Shane Stokes

      The problem is that if that’s the only footage, it’s very possible he reached out for the bike to stop himself falling over/having to clip out when there was a stall behind Froome and the others. If there’s footage that shows he was hanging on for a length of time, that’s serious

  • Berne Shaw

    An additional concern, perhaps even more potentially dangerous is the ramping up of hate and conspiracy scapegoating of Froome by ex doper now commentators on French TV. They are inciting people to take their frustrations and anger at no French TDF champions in many years out on Froome.
    The inevitable result will be someone trying to hurt him and others. Shane this is serious and I hope they do something to stop this hate speech.

    • Brett Nelson

      I was wondering why Froome was getting booed. Pretty disgraceful.

  • MMaster

    Is it wrong that I want someone to throat punch the idiot in the Tuxedo Onesie & Selfie stick ?

  • bigdo

    LOL, Cycling hooligans.. that’s what it’s come to I guess.. Not just for futbol anymore!

    Honestly, and seriously though, give me a break man.. some of these riders really let their priss show in the post stage interviews.. I was particularly peeved with the tone of American riders Peter Stetina (Trek) and Teejay Van Garderen (BMC), after everything. The former thinking it was necessary to admonish fans dressed “like Borat” who weren’t there for the riders, but moreso themselves (friggin’ no shit) and the latter, taking the opportunity to throw swipes at Trek Rider Bauke Mollema for going full gas after and through the crash with Froome and Porte and gaining big time over them, time, that I’d add, was later taken away anyhow.

  • The clip clearly shows a few of those responsible for rocking the cars ! LOSS of their Driver Permit for TAMPERING with a VEHICLE on a Public Road should be the least of the charges processed by the Gendarmerie ! When Lance was hassled on L’Alpe d’Huez as he rode the Time trial in 2004 , i was able to detain that clown with the aid of a Gendarme , BUT , noone from the Team was prepared to go to the Gendarmerie Post in Bourg to sign the official paperwork !

    Had they done so , there would have been Publicity and , perhaps further action by other Racers .

    Making a fool of themselves to get on the TV and they get a result !

    Try to get the Media to support an action to SAVE CYCLISTS LIVES , and all that you get is DERISION !

  • Il_falcone

    Thanks for the report, Shane.
    There was clearly not enough police / safety marshalls / whatever up there on Mt. Ventoux. And sadly the same seems to be true for Le Promenade des Anglais in Nice last night. Had there been more police that lorry could have been stopped much earlier. Shoot its tires and it get’s nowhere. It’s only an assumption but that might be a consequence of the recently finished soccer EC and all the over-time that event and the state of emergency France has been in during the past 8 months caused.
    As much as I’m totally aware that nobody can guarantee 100% safety we should at least try to do what’s reasonably possible. Stage 12 showed that the race organization and the French authorities did not. At least there and then.
    The ASO should also consider whether it’s really necessary to include climbs like Ventoux and Alpe d’Huez which have developped into an over-hyped kind of sacred sites. I witnessed the TdF-madness on both sites, L’Alpe and Ventoux, on several occasions, and no I did not go there for fun. From a sporting point of view the race does not need those climbs. If you come to the conclusion that you can’t manage the crowds on race day find ways to reduce them. Just my 2 cents.


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